Homelessness is a growing issue in New Zealand. The latest census data (2013) shows that more than 40,000 people are without a home — a figure up 15 percent from the previous census. That is to say, according to official government definitions, close to 1 in 100 New Zealanders have exhausted all options to acquire safe and secure housing and are therefore homeless. This includes people living in cars, garages, temporary short-term accommodation and sleeping rough.
Sarah asked a Syrian friend — currently based in the UK, where they have been granted asylum — to comment on Saturday’s military strike on sites near Damascus and Homs by the US, France and the UK. The strike took place in response to the Assad regime’s alleged chemical attack on Douma on April 7.